A man was attacked by a Komodo dragon in West Manggarai, in Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara province on Wednesday (May 3) morning. The man is believed to be a tourist who was in the area to visit the Komodo National Park, Sudiyono, a park official, told The Jakarta Post.
A 50-year-old tourist from Singapore, Lon Lee Alle, who was in the area to visit the Komodo National Park, was severely injured by a bite on his left leg.
Sudiyono said, Alle was initially watching several Komodos eating pigs and goats belonging to villagers. He approached the animals to take pictures, ignoring locals’ warning that he should not go too close. He added that the incident took place away from the area where tourists are allowed to watch Komodo dragons. The tourist had stayed with locals for three days to save costs
“A Komodo doesn’t like to be disturbed when eating. He must have been too close,” Sudiyono said.
Locals immediately helped pull Alle away from the crowd of Komodos and rushed him to the nearby medical center where he got first aid. Alle was then taken to the Siloam General Hospital using a military speed boat.
Sudiyono hope to all tourists to take guides with you when wandering around to see Komodo dragons. “Never risk your safety by staying with locals and watching Komodos without an official guide only for the sake of your budget,” Sudiyono said.
This was the first incident of a human being bitten by a Komodo dragon in five years.